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National Insect Week returns in 2022

Lesser Marsh Grasshopper Singing

Grasshoppers make sounds by rubbing their hind leg, which has pegs on it, on a thickened part of their forewing. The sounds are different for different species and can be used to identify the insects from a distance. The recording made here is of a Lesser Marsh Grasshopper (Chorthippus albomarginatus) on the bank of the River Humber in East Yorkshire and was made using an audio microphone.

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Most important food chain link

Every day blue tits and house martins feed their young several times their own body weight in insects.

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